No Honey Badger, no problem

LSU's title hopes not diminished; Mel Kiper's draft assessment of Mathieu

Updated: August 11, 2012, 8:30 AM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Tyrann MathieuDale Zanine/US PresswireLSU's national title hopes won't take a hit following the dismissal of Tyrann Mathieu.

The reaction to the LSU Tigers' dismissal Friday of Tyrann Mathieu, aka the Honey Badger, has been varied, but a SportsNation poll indicates a significant percentage of people believe this loss will cost LSU a shot at a national championship.

It is understandable why many people would feel that way, as Mathieu's playmaking ability led to key touchdowns in the Tigers' regular-season wins over the Oregon Ducks and Arkansas Razorbacks as well as an SEC title game victory over the Georgia Bulldogs.

As valuable as those skills are, however, a closer look shows that LSU should be able to absorb this loss with minimal impact on its national championship hopes.